The pitter patter of rain on the roof may be a comfort for some, however for others it can mean leaking gutters and roofing and that’s a problem.

There are always plenty of jobs to do around the house and garden and one that always seems to challenge us is stopping leaks. Leaks from the gutter, the roof, around the sink, the list goes on. When it comes to fixing leaks you definitely need some expert advice.

The best and easiest way to fix leaks is with a sealant.

How to use a tube of sealant in a caulking gun

– Press the release at the rear of the gun with your thumb, releasing the plunger at the back of the gun.
– Pull the plunger all the way back. Put the tube into the gun, with the nozzle in the front.
– Push the plunger tightly into the back of the tube, and remove your thumb. The gun is now loaded.
– Cut the tip of the cartridge so that the hole matches the size of the gap you want to fill.
– Push a nail or pin through the hole to puncture any inner seal.
– Hold the gun at a 45 degree angle along the gap you want to seal.
– Squeeze the gun’s handle or trigger slowly while drawing the gun toward you. When you can’t squeeze the handle any more release it. It will automatically spring back. When it is in its original position, you’re ready to squeeze again. How hard you squeeze the trigger and how quickly you move the gun will determine how much caulk is applied at each spot. Remember, more caulk will come out at the end of each squeeze.
– You can smooth out the caulk with your finger when you’re done .


Selleys Storm Sealant

– Provide a water tight seal on any surface, wet or dry.
– The most dramatic use is the ability to seal active water leaks (i.e. during a storm) – where using a silicone is not an option.
– The technology behind this is Sil-X which is proprietary to Selleys.
– Storm has been formulated to stand up to Australia’s harsh weather.
– Can be applied to wet or dry surfaces*
– Good adhesion on any surface* even when applied in the rain
– Excellent UV and weather resistance
– Suitable for interior and exterior use
– Long lasting flexibility
– Easily paintable with water-based paints
– Low VOC – so can be used in any environment without discomfort
– Made with Sil-X, an advanced polymer technology which delivers superior performance in demanding situations where conventional products fail, on any surface* wet or dry.

Available Sizes

460g Cartridge – Black
300g Cartridge – Clear

*Note: Not suitable for PE, PP, PTFE, permanent water immersion or plugging leaks subject to pressure. Forms and instant seal, but must not be disturbed until cured (approximately 48 hours).

With the right advice and the right products, those home and garden leaks will be a thing of the past.








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